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    Assessments and Testing Information

    Welcome to the Assessment & Testing page.  Here you will find helpful dates and information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard.

    Washington State requires all students to take and pass state tests in specific subjects like Math, Reading & Writing and Science in order to earn a high school diploma. These state tests take the form of End of Course exams and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

    Also the Federal Government requires all 11th graders to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math (MA) and English Language Arts (ELA) unless they passed the tests as 10th graders.  This is a Federal expectation of all juniors rather than a state graduation requirement.

    And lastly, currently students have the opportunity to take College Board standardized assessments here at Ballard including the PSAT in the fall, the SAT in the spring and AP exams in May.

    Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist at email:  ljcoacher@seattleschools.org or 206-252-1107 with any questions or concerns regarding testing at Ballard High School.


    BREAKING NEWS!

    Please note: This year the SAT is offering an August SAT date. The deadline to register is July 28th, 2017. Visit www.collegeboard.org for more information.




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    AP EXAM SCORES WILL BE RELEASED 7/8/2017

    AP scores will be released on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Students will need to log on to their College Board account and they will need to use their AP number to access their scores. Students have been given their AP number on a small ID card from their Student Pack. They should continue to keep this card through the summer.  https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores

    Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist with any questions at ljcoacher@seattleschools.org or 206-252-1107.

    PREPARING FOR AP EXAMS

    AP Resources: Here is a link to the AP College Board Preparing for your AP Exams: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/preparing-for-exams


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    SAT Information - March 2017

    SAT Test Results | All Juniors who took the March School Day SAT (3/1) will receive their scores via email on Tuesday, March 28th. Students will need to log onto their College Board account or will need to create an account at www.collegeboard.org if they don’t already have one in order to view their scores. They should be sure to use their legal name as used on official school documents. Using a "nickname" or shortening their name will prevent them from viewing their scores. If students would like to learn more about how to understand their scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with their College Board account, they can come to the Ballard Counseling Center. BHS counselors are there to help.  Contact Kelly Flanagan, College Career Specialist at BHS at kkflanagan@seattleschools.org with any questions. Students can also use Khan Academy to link their SAT scores to free, online test preparation at the Official SAT Practice site at www.khanacademy.org/sat 


    SAT and ACT Testing Dates

    If students would like another opportunity to take the SAT after the free opportunity that was offered at Ballard on March 1, 2017, they must register themselves using their College Board access account.   Visit collegeboard.org for additional SAT or actstudent.org for information on registering for the ACT Test.

    For Test Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2017-18 visit these sites for the SAT Collegeboard and the ACT

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    PSAT Information - October 2016

    Parents & Students: See below for helpful information on understanding student's PSAT scores or the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores and how students can use them to prepare for the SAT on March 1st for BHS Juniors. Students received their score reports and original test booklets in their LA class.  11th graders also received an SAT student guide.  Running Start students need to pick up their information from the counseling office.  PSAT Results were released online in Dec. Students who took the PSAT on Oct. 19th will need to log onto their College Board account or will need to create a account at www.collegeboard.org if they don’t already have one in order to view their scores. They should be sure to use their legal name as used on official school documents. Using a "nickname" or shortening their name will prevent them from viewing their scores. Check out collegeboard.org to get your scores. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the Ballard Counseling Center. BHS counselors are there to help.

    SPS PSAT and SAT School-Day Information


    PSAT Score Report Video | Understand your scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT. 




    Ballard High School Testing Schedule for 2017-2018

    To be posted as it becomes available.




    Reference Information

    How Did Your Student Do Last Year on State Exams?

     To find out how your student did on state testing last year, go to the Student Portal at the top of the website and log on to the Source.  On your student’s Source page, click on Assessments. View your student’s Smarter Balanced Assessment scores for English Language Arts (ELA) and MA on View State Assessment Scores link.  If your student took the Biology, Algebra or Geometry EOC, you can find their scores on the View End of Course Scores link.  


    SBA in ELA & Math Information

    All 11th graders are required by the Federal Government to take the SBA in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, unless they previously passed the test as 10th graders. lf Students would like to get familiar with the format of the Smarter Balanced Assessment they can go to the SBA Practice Test.

    Practice Test Link Tips: Select "Take the Practice and Training Tests" icon.  Use "Guest Settings" on Sign In page.  Choose "Start ELA HS Training Test" for Language Arts and "Start Math HS Training Test" for Math.  On the "Choose Settings" prompt leave settings; click Select.

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    Informational Video Links

    Understanding Your PSAT Scores: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCSIilL3WQ

    SAT Practice and Scores: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8f-jif9itg

    How to Link Your College Board & Khan Academy PSAT Accounts: 
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhfaw8w4G2w

    Visit the SPS Assessment and Testing webpage